2000-01-29 Joe Calzaghe w pts 12 David Starie, MEN Arena, Manchester, England - WBO
2000-01-29 Joe Calzaghe w pts 12 David Starie, MEN Arena, Manchester, England - WBO. Referee: John Coyle. Scorecards: 120-108, 116-113, 118-110. Despite being second best in most sessions, Starie (167½) made it to the final bell as the southpaw champion failed to find the punch that would ensure an early finish. It was a clear win for Calzaghe (167¾), but once again he failed to show his best form against a man who was cut over the right eye in the sixth and one who was unable to exert any real influence over the proceedings.
Afterwards, Calzaghe admitted that having been out of action for over six months due to surgery had affected him and, at the same time, he paid tribute to Starie.